Hyperoxia, hypocapnia and hypercapnia: useful predictors in paediatric cardiac arrest?

This prospective multi-centre study enrolled patients aged between one month and 18 years who achieved return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) after in-hospital cardiac arrest and had arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis performed at ROSC and 24 hours post event. Treating clinicians completed case report forms including details such as patient demographics, cause of the arrest, first recorded electrocardiogram, staff undertaking resuscitation, ventilator support, drug administration, duration of arrest, and ABG results.

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